Friday, October 21, 2011

Review: "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" by Laini Taylor

From Goodreads: Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out. When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

I am a huge Laini Taylor fan. So, I was almost as excited for this book to come out as I was for my children's birth. Almost. And the author did not disappoint.

In the first half of the book we get to know Karou and her life in Prague, where she attends art school, and travels all over the world trough magical doors to collect teeth for Brimstone, and in the second half we discover where she comes from. Taylor has a gift not only for world building but also for creating deep, relatable characters.

Laini Taylor's writing is gorgeous, sophisticated and magical. Her imagination- out of this world. I love it when a book is so good that I finish it in a day because I just can't put it down. This book had the opposite effect. I wanted to read it slowly. I often went back to reread sentences and paragraphs, so I could fully appreciate their beauty.

Also, I love that Taylor was not afraid to create a main character that is beautiful and strong, while still making her believable. It seems that lately so many of the female MC in YA novels are the awkward, next door girls, who are shy and timid; and who then meet the new boy in town , who of course is so hot and charming and cares nothing about physical beauty and swoons over the average girl. I'm glad this was different, that's all.

I don't ever reread books, but I'm already itching to go back and read "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" again.

Book of the Month review done by Cristina Dos Santos. Thanks, Cristina!

1 comment:

  1. A gorgeous MC is my preference, too. I'm sick of the ugly girl getting the hot boy. That doesn't happen in real life!
    Thanks for the review. I'm going to pick this up.